Saturday, February 18, 2012

Think Spring with Hummingbirds & Flowers

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend !  

I'm working this weekend on cards for Designs by Ryn .  This time with her beautiful Hummingbird stamps.     The two cards below were created using one of her flying Hummers.  I also have a sitting Hummer that will turn into a card soon.      I would like to mention again that Ryn's stamps are very high quality which leave a beautiful crisp image.    She hand draws the designs for all her stamps and is currently working on a Spring line which I'm looking forward to seeing !  

Working with Humming birds & flowers makes me think of Spring..... sigh... and looking forward to working in our gardens that attract a lot of Hummingbirds !  They are so much fun to watch !

I used Ryn's CMB8 Flying Hummingbird 1 and CMF15 Leafy Branch to create this card.

I stamped the Leafy Branch once and then off the edge on the RH corner with StazOn black ink on smooth white cardstock and coloured with Prisma Pencils.  Love them !   I'm sorry that I only have a set of 48, I wished I bought at least the 96 set.     They come in such a nice tin, I don't know how I'll store them if I add to my set individually.    

The bird was stamped & embossed with black onto watercolour paper and then I used my Tom Bow markers and water to colour.   I cut him (her?) out and popped him up over the branch.    The green matting is some cool textured paper that I got at Crop Circles.    I had a sentiment that I matted to add but it just looked cluttered to me, so it didn't make the 'cut' :) so I added a little purple ribbon to finish it off.

This next card was also created with the same stamps, just different colours & background and I was excited to try out my new Crealie dies to create the flowers.   These dies come from the Netherlands and are so cool.  Very easy to store, use & create with !   I learned about Crealies from Miranda's Blog (see my Blog list -  'Mir'acle Art Inspirations) who is on Crealies Design Team.   Last week I met up with my sister Marn who lives in the Netherlands down in Florida and she brought me a few sets... lucky me !   Crealies are also available from Chocolate Baroque in the UK.  

The background for this card was a left-over piece that I had from playing with Tom Bow markers, water & salt.   I stamped the Leafy branch over it with Old Paper Distress Ink.    The hummer was also stamped and embossed with black and coloured with Tom Bows & water.  

The Crealies used:   Creative Flowers CL CF 17 & Creative Shapes, CL CS 11. 

Well that's the 'Spring Fix' for today !    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for dropping by !


SophiePScrap said...

WOW! I just love those cards! Beautiful image and color scheme

Anneke van Groen said...

He those cards, beautiful colouring.
Love that branche-stamp!!
Awsome creations again!! xxxx

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, love your hummingbirds....great that you can see them 'life' where you live! Birds and butterflies are my fav's. Beautiful background paper and your colouring is great! Thanks for mentioning the Crealies dies and me!
warm greet, Miranda

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Shirley, that hummingbird looks like it belongs in the rainforest !! Just beautiful. I like the purple one too. Looks like they are ready to fly !
Beautiful work !!!!

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

This is really adorable Shirley. So beautiful both your cards. Love the colors are mu favs. Beautiful your background and coloring.
Lovely greet

Ellen Taylor said...

These hummingbirds are so beautiful! They look like real stained glass!! Wow Shirley, these knocked my socks off!! Happy family day weekend!!

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley.
I love love this hummingbird. I would we could see them here in Amsterdam. No way!!! The leafy stamp is georgeous. I dream to get it!!!!
Thank you again for this inspiring card. Saakje

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

These cards are gorgeous Shirley, the colours are fantastic. I like the crealies dies also, and I'm gald that they are easy to get here in the UK.

Sue x

Sharon said...

Hi Shirley: I found your blog after you joined mine. You did beautiful colouring on these hummingbirds, and I really like how you fussy cut them and popped them up, just like in real life they were hovering over the flowers. Very pretty cards, both of them!

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
WOW!! These two cards are truly truly beautiful! Do I ever love the hummingbird!! Both stamps in the first one are just brilliant, the hummingbird and the leafy branch! Super! Best of all, I love how you bring out the best of both stamps!
Then the second card is absolutely beautiful too for sure! I love what you have done with the crealies too! Sooo pretty with the hummingbird!! (glad you are enjoying the crealies! :):))
These are absolutely gorgeous cards, and the colours are just so stunning and vibrant! The colouring and watercolour are done just perfectly, indeed bringing them to life!
Truly well done, thanks for sharing! Yes, brings "spring" in our step doesn't it! :)
Greetings! Marlene :)

Ellen Taylor said...

I never tire of looking at these vibrant hummingbirds Shirley! Wowza!!!! So glad you join or Rubbernecker's Stampin' Sisterhood Hop!!! Good Luck in the drawing! Thanks also for inquiring about my trip! It took me twice as long as normal to get there, we took it slow! There were 20 accidents on our side of the highway yesterday ( a sane person would have stayed home!) Bare roads coming home today. Survived "The Big Mall" with 8 teenagers! Soooo glad to get home! Hope your weekend was fabulous girl!!

Ted and Helen Howard said...

Shirley you have again captured the essence of the hummingbird.This little one looks like it is in flight and will fly right off your card.Oh my you are such a talented artist. Ryn's stamp is spectaclar as well with all the detail.As always you inspire.Classy classy.


Ellen Taylor said...

Just had to come back and pin this for inspiration! The MOST FABULOUSLY colored hummingbird ever!!!!
Hope your week is going well. My creative mind says sleep~LOL